Unbuilt Hamilton

Unbuilt Hamilton

The City That Might Have Been

Book - 2016
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"With 150 archival plans, photographs, and illustrations, Mark Osbaldeston explores 200 years of significant but unrealized building, planning, and transit schemes in Hamilton. Learn about the escarpment amphitheatre, the Gage Street tunnel, the King's Forest Zoo, and the downtown planetarium, none of which ever came to fruition"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn, [2016]
ISBN: 9781459732995
Branch Call Number: 971. 352 OSB
Characteristics: 239 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm

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wiredonjava
Jul 17, 2017

Very cool book from the visionary architects to the deplorable jail house situation in the basement of the courthouse in 1850's.

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staplestaples
Feb 13, 2017

A really interesting read that brings up the question of a Hamilton that could have been. By examining the past and more recent past, it illustrates that Hamilton has a long history of bold ideas that are left unbuilt or partially built (sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse). The book has details, but is not overwhelming in history. I particularly enjoyed the "Hamilton in 2003" excerpt which was a prediction from 1903 of how the city (and the world to some degree), might look like. I'm certainly glad that we did not invest in an sky-train transit system!

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